Representation for Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis from Compassionate Washington DC and Maryland Attorneys
One in every eight women will face the challenges of a breast cancer diagnosis, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This deadly disease is the most common cancer diagnosis among women and the second leading cause of female cancer deaths. Early diagnosis is critical to the successful treatment of breast cancer. Unfortunately, thousands of cases go misdiagnosed each year, leaving patients vulnerable to advancing complications and a significant risk of death. The compassionate Washington D.C. and Maryland medical malpractice attorneys of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. diligently assist patients impacted by a breast cancer misdiagnosis.
Diagnosing Breast Cancer
Many factors may contribute to the development of breast cancer. Women over the age of 50 are at an increased risk, as are women with an extensive history of oral contraception usage and those with a family history of the condition. Doctors have a duty to consider these risks among their patients, along with any symptoms that may develop. Some common signs of breast cancer include:
- An unexplained lump or mass in the breast tissue
- Discharge from the nipple
- Pain or tingling in the breast area
- Reddening of the breast area
Proving Physician Liability
The development of breast cancer while under a physician’s care is not solely sufficient to bring a medical malpractice claim. A patient must also adequately demonstrate the existence of symptoms and the doctor’s failure to properly diagnose them.
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